459.000 Cyperus L.

MARISCUS Vahl

MONANDRUS Vorster

Description of the genus

Perennial, less often annual, herbs, tufted or with rhizomes or stolons, sometimes producing tubers or bulbs. Culms usually triangular. Leaves usually at or near the base of the culm, the culm base sometimes swollen, 3-ranked, linear and grass-like, the lower ones often scale-like. Inflorescence terminal, often a subumbel-like anthela or congested into a dense head; subtended by leaf-like involucral bracts. Spikelets 1-many-flowered. Glumes distichous. Perianth 0. Stamens 1-3. Stigmas 2-3, if 2, then nutlet dorsally flattened. Fruit a nutlet, usually dorsally flattened.

Worldwide: c. 300 species in warm and tropical countries

Mozambique: 13 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
amauropus Steud.Z
articulatus L.GIImage
compressus L.GIImage
dubius Rottb.MS,GIImage
hemisphaericus BoeckelerN,T,MS,MDescription, Image
kirkii C.B. Clarke
margaritaceus VahlGIImage
nduru Cherm.
rupestris Kunth
schinzii Boeckeler
solidus KunthGIImage
tenuiculmis Boeckeler
uitenhagensis (Steud.) C. Archer & Goetgh.GIImage

Other sources of information about Cyperus:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Cyperus | cultivated Cyperus
Flora of Zambia: Cyperus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cyperus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cyperus
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cyperus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cyperus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cyperus
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Cyperus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings, Stefaan Dondeyne and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P., Dondeyne, S. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Cyperus.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=267, retrieved 19 December 2014

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